Newcomer Rides

The LA Wheelmen suspended our wildly popular monthly “Newcomers’ Ride” during the heart of the pandemic in strict conformance with local health mandates.  Recognizing that many LA residents took up or resumed solo or family cycling during the pandemic, as well as the broad availability of highly effective vaccines, we voted to resume these rides.   Our “Newcomers’ Ride” is not only for beginners, although beginners are always welcome on LA Wheelmen rides, but are held for riders (including these “new” riders mentioned above) who typically ride alone and are interested in expanding their horizons in terms of routes, learning to ride in groups, or just getting to know the bike-friendly LA. 

Want to join social rides but afraid to join a group ride because will it be too fast or too far? Will it be too slow or too short?  Will the riders be polite at first but spend time talking to friends they have been riding with for years?  Will they take frequent rest room breaks or just hammer straight through?  Will they stop to eat at mediocre national fast-food chains or try to sample local, unique sources of refreshment?

This Newcomer ride will address all these issues before the start by reaching a consensus on pace, distance, stops, and type of ride (flat, bike path, climbing, mix?), and an experienced leader or leaders select a route from the extensive LA Wheelmen route library.   The group rides together or regroups at set locations, depending on the mix of riders.   Possibly there will need to be two routes to accommodate everyone. 

For short rides, there may be no refreshment breaks or a quick stop at a gas station or coffee shop.  For longer rides, an outdoor meal may be scheduled for distanced socializing.

It is our intent to offer Newcomer Rides at different venues in Los Angeles County to attract a variety of riders.  For general questions, feel free to contact Hoy Quan ( or Mel Cutler (

Check the upcoming rides for locations and details.